Chocolate Habanero

2016-10-21-12-34-31Why do they call you chocolate habanero? Is it because they want to watch me take a bite and laugh at my tears and burning tongue? I know it’s only a name because they look like chocolate, but I’m just dumb enough to want to taste one….

Spicy peppers at the farmers market, jalapeno, habanero, Serrano, Fresno, cayenne, poblano

I love the hot peppers on display at the farmer’s market.

They are too spicy for me, but I enjoy pickling them for my husband.

Chopped hot, spicy peppers on a cutting board

They are so pretty when chopped up and canned.

Hot spicy peppers slices and pickled in masn jars

Daily Prompt: Relish (Green Tomato & Beet)

Green Tomato relish and pickled

In addition to my fried green tomatoes, I also made green tomato relish. I had never tasted it before and am surprised at how much I like it. The green tomatoes make it tangy and the brown sugar balances that with some sweetness. There’s also onion, pepper, cabbage and mustard seeds.

Chopped green tomatoes, onion, cabbage, peppers are salted for several hours, rinsed and then turned into relish
Chopped green tomatoes, onion, cabbage, peppers are salted for several hours, rinsed, and then turned into relish. This is about 28 cups!

I also made some beet relish a few weeks ago. (Same day I made a batch of hot peppers, apparently.)

Beet relish canned and spicy peppers canned

It’s pretty heavy on the beet flavor, but still good. I had never tasted this either, but I had some beets and the recipe in the canning book seemed good.

Ingredients of the beet relish: chopped beets, cabbage, onion and peppers

I think the green tomato is my new favorite. I had to try some refrigerator pickled slices, too. These are flavored with dill.

Green Tomato slices, pickled with dill

I made 7 pints of the green tomato relish, 4 pints of the slices, 4 half-pints of beet relish, and one pint of refrigerator pickled slices. Looks like I’ll be…savoring this relish for a long time.

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Fried Green Tomatoes and Broiled Catfish

Fried green tomatoes and Broiled catfish with lemon

I found a lot of green tomatoes at the farmers market last month and cooked this one Sunday afternoon.

I got a tip from a lady at the market to dip the tomato slices in flour, then egg, then the cornmeal. Your fingers turn into a breaded mess, but that’s what it takes. I always had the problem of the breading falling off as soon as the slices hit the oil.

Acceptance Speech

Three varieties of cherry tomato, including bumblebee and sungold

Wow, I can’t believe this. Thank you so much! I feel like the luckiest person alive!

First, I’d like to thank the Sun, for everything you’ve done to make this possible. Every single day you’re there, giving it your all. And of course the Soil and the Rain–what a team–you were an integral part of the creative process. Your caring and patience made this happen.

Who could forget the Pollinators–bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, I hope I’m not forgetting anyone–thank you for all of your hard work and attention to detail. And the farmers, this wouldn’t be possible without your and dedication day in and day out.

Last but certainly not least, my eternal thanks to Nature. I’m in constant awe of all that you produce. You’re an inspiration to me every day, and I love you!! I’m going to treasure this!

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I don’t watch awards shows, but I am rooting for some of my favorite shows and actors in tonight’s Emmys, even though they are up against each other in the some of the same categories: Veep, Silicon Valley, The Last Man On Earth, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn 99, Key & Peele, Sherlock, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Conan, Last Week Tonight, Drunk History, Portlandia, Epic Rap Battles of History, Honest Trailers, and all the other fun stuff on TV and online. Good luck!!

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